Monday, March 5, 2012

Bar-doodles. Minifigs.

I visited a friend of mine in PA, and I'm trying to comvince him and a guy I work with to join me in designing some minifigures we're thinking of calling something along the lines of "Stupendous Heroes of the Universe, Huzzah!"  Or something like that, anyway.  I figured each of the three of us would start off by designing two guys apiece.  If anyone liked them, we might make more. So I did some doodles while at the bar. Feedback will help determine which two get made. More doodles to come, I'm sure. So raise your voice!  Leave a comment and decide the stupendous fate of the universe! 


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Holy Plastic Prototypes, Batman!

Well, I've finally got some pieces of plastic pulled from the molds and fully assembled. I've got minis and Krustiez. I'm generally pleased with how they've come out, but I will be switching over to a different material. The plastic I'm using right now looks great, but the fingers have a tendency to snap off.

The whole idea behind these monsters is that they represent the size that the Krustiez would be if they were "real." That is to say, they are "actual size." They don't have any accessories, because they use whatever they find around your house to mess up your stuff. Lighters, glue, forks, etc. The sculpts for the arms feature big, open hands, so they can grab these human-sized items. If the plastic is too rigid and brittle to allow them to grab people stuff without their fingers snapping off, then I need to use a different material.

I've found something that I think I like, and I'll know in a week or so if it works out. The next protos I get poured up will be made from a hard urethane rubber. It will be of a hardness comparable to, like, a shopping cart wheel or a rubber shoe heel. Somewhere between those, anyway. It takes the same amount of time to cure as the urethane plastic I'm using now, but it is slightly less expensive, and more flexible. Rock and Roll!

This whole process has taken much longer than i originally anticipated. I'm used to breezing through projects, but this one has been problem after problem. The molds for the arms came out pretty nicely, though.

So, anyway, there are a bunch of pictures up of the first plastic tests of Pus and Vin, as well as the unnamed min-monsters. These pictures are straight from the molds, so there's still some extra plastic sticking out of the bottoms of the figures, and mold flashing on the fingers. The plastic on the bottom comes from the opening in the mold where the liquid plastic is poured in. This will get filed off with an electric sander, to give them nice, flat feet and bottoms to stand or sit on. There are also a few shots of the arm molds, with newly poured plastic arms inside, waiting to be pulled and cleaned up.

I really want to thank all of my friends and family for their support on this project. Especially Polish, Brandon, Speezi, Tiffany, My sister and her friends, my Dad and Mom, and my boss, Buddy. You guys believing in me and my plastic crap really helped me to keep on going, through all the snags. There's still a lot of work to do. And the guys at the October Toys forum. And Matt Doughty. Oh, and the gang at 9th and Coles Tavern, for the times when I needed to get away from all of the many problems this project has hit. And for the friendly ear. And for the beer. Always the beer.

What do you think, sirs?

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Speezi Comics

Go check out my friend Anthony "Speezi" Spaziani's new comic, Tanuki Blade!  He's been working on this thing the entire time that I've known him.  Literally for years.  It's finally available to read online.  Updates Friday, with a chunk of new pages each week.  I'm super proud of him and what he's done. Speezi has one of the most otherworldly brilliant minds I've ever known.  Sure he may get confused sometimes, but who doesn't?  I still can't figure out why people still tie their shoes on with string, like cavemen or something.  Get your Saturday Morning Cartoon-style Fun on over at Tanuki Blade! 

Finishing some molds and Starting and Finishing another.

SO, here's what's up, humans.  I'm finally finishing the last of the molds for the Krustiez. Pouring up the second half of the mold for the arms, and making the mold for the mini monsters that I sculpted.  I'm thinking of incorporating them into the Krustiez line, since they kinda look like little larval Krustiez.  Either way, I think the little monsters are fun.  Here's what it looks like when I'm making the silicone molds for them, and some other random shots.


The molds for the bodies are finished.  More info later.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Mini-Monsters and Krupdate.

Evening, friends! I just got home from work about forty-five minutes ago, and opened up the Monsterizer to see how the molds for the Krustiez came out. they look pretty good, but I may have to make some changes. We'll see after i run the urethane.

Anyways, yesterday i promised you guys some finished shots of the mini-monsters I sculpted. As promised, so delivered!

What do you think, sirs?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I'm Back: a Dinosaur's Story.

Howdy, friends! Sorry I’ve been away for so long, but I’ve been working on lots of exciting things, and contracted a very exciting stomach virus. I am now, however, back!

Since we last spoke, I’ve been working on finishing up the molds for the Krustiez, and you would not believe how many roadblocks and headaches I’ve had to deal with. The first go-round with the silicone went south on me, and I ended up with a box full of goop. That’s what I get for not making any molds for a year. Afterward, I made a bunch of molds for the bakery to help us with some stuff that we do, and when I was able to jump back into my project, I got sick. Now that I’m better and have ahd a refresher in Mold making 101, the Krustiez molds are all poured up and curing as we speak. We’ll know tomorrow if anything went really wrong.

In other news, this past Sunday I sculpted up a trio of little monsters about an inch and a half to two inches tall, just for the sheer hell of it. I like them fairly well, and plan to cast those also. Lots of exciting things happening here at the Command Center. I’ve posted the in-progress shots of the sculpts for the little monsters, and tomorrow I’ll show you how they looked finished.

Check it out!

So the molds are in the Monsterizer, and new molds are being made even as we speak. Now I really must jet. Ta!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Monkey Business.

A quick one. These monkeys were deemed too scary for a child's cake, and had to be replaced with cuter monkeys. I think they are plenty cute, but what do I know?

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Another Finished Prototype!

Say "Hello" to Pus, the newest Krustiez prototype! I just finished sculpting him up and am posting the finished photos now, as you can see.

I've hit kind of a snag in production, as I'm currently awaiting delivery of a pressure pot so I can make better castings of these guys, and deliver the nicest looking finished product. Until that arrives, all I can do is sculpt and work on fixing up the blog and putting together a website (not a lot, right?). In the meantime, let me know what you think, and be sure to follow us here at Mr. Ralph's Monster Gallery, post links on your facebook or whatever, and tell all your friends. I am shameless, I know.